It’s the editor who stretches the author’s mind and imagination by offering suggestions on how to make a manuscript become its best. It may be simple word changes, or rewrites, or even deletions of entire scenes and/or chapters.
Whatever the suggestions may be, a good editor will be (sometimes brutally) honest and it’ll bruise the author’s ego—maybe even beat it up.
But it’s important the ego gets out of the way!
Editing a manuscript can take hours and hours of work, so cooperation and commitment are the keys to success. An author should take their editor’s suggestions seriously and devote the necessary time and effort needed to improve their manuscript. (No shortcuts here or it’ll show.)
Does this mean an author always has to agree with their editor? No, but if a disagreement does occur, it’s important to talk things out while keeping an open mind (and the ego at bay) before deciding what to do.
And the final result is contingent upon the author alone. They must put their entire heart and soul into their work without holding back. If they do this, a very special intimacy will form with their creation.
When that happens, the author will realize the process of writing a book is not just a craft, but an art.
That is also when a manuscript will contain a certain “magic” that keeps readers wanting more.